Second Place For Music Scholar Gabrielle

Monday 18th May 2015

Gabrielle Woodward, L6, has been awarded second place for her composition, “Shepherd No More Singing”, at the final of the National Centre of Early Music (NCEM) Young Composers Award 2015. This is the first time that a Queen Anne’s pupil has ever reached the final of this prestigious and national annual award.

Click here to listen to Gabrielle’s composition performed at the final of the NCEM Young Composers Award 2015

All the shortlisted entries were performed in a public concert at the NCEM on Thursday 14 May, in the presence of a panel of judges – John Butt, Director of the Dunedin Consort; Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Producer; and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. Gabrielle was one of only two finalists for the 18 years and under category and although she narrowly missed out on the top prize, Gabrielle received glowing reviews from performers and audience members alike.

Mhairi Lawson, Classical Singer and Professor of Voice and Historical Performance Practice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, commented on Gabrielle’s composition on Twitter saying,

“Beautiful vocal writing from Gabrielle – really enjoyed performing her composition. Brava.”

The 2015 NCEM Young Composers Award was presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and Scotland’s leading baroque ensemble, the award-winning Dunedin Consort directed by conductor, organist, harpsichordist and scholar, John Butt.

For the 2015 Award, composers were invited to create new settings for a short dramatic scene from eitherOrfeo or Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Both works were originally set to music by Claudio Monteverdi, the composer who brought a new dramatic life to the relationship between words and music. The new works are written for two or three singers accompanied by a small ensemble of baroque instruments.